The SNP leader – Nicola Sturgeon – has announced that because of the Brexit process, it was innevitable that this would happen. The referendum will coincide with the apparent completion of the current negotiations between the UK and the EU.
Ms. Sturgeon will first need to ask the Scottish Parliament to request a speficic order – that of Section 30 – in order to make the future referendum legally binding, and will seek Holyrood’s support in backing this matter. The SNP is expected to win the vote, with assistance from the pro-independence party which is the Scottish Greens.
She has stressed at her recent cabinet meeting that the decision for Scotland’s referendum on independence “must be made in Scotland”, adding that “There should be no strings attached, no blocking mechanisms applied, and no Downing Street diktat.” and “That was the exact description the UK government themselves used ahead of the 2014 referendum, and the same principle should apply now.”
Theresa May has so far refused to mention whether or not she would allow the SNP’s request – if the vote receives the go ahead – but made it clear the severity of the issue, whilst also saying that she wanted the unity and bond of the UK to remain; insisting that the independence referendum in question would cause both “uncertainty and divison”, saying that “The tunnel vision that SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable.”
Along with this, she made a direct statement regarding Scottish MPs that are supporting the vote for the independence referendum: “Instead of playing politics with the future of our country, the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland. Politics is not a game.”